The Office of the IACUC serves the research community as a means to achieve quality animal research in support of the Institution’s commitment to improved human health, and provides support to the Harvard Medical Area Standing Committee on Animals, which works to ensure that animal research is held to the highest ethical standards and carried out in accordance with regulatory requirements.

The HMA Animal Welfare Program maintains accreditation and licensing with the following agencies:

  • Public Health Service - National Institutes of Health (PHS-NIH)
  • United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)
  • Association for Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care (AAALAC - International)
  • Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH)
  • Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife

Latest News

NOW LIVE: Animal Training in the Harvard Training Portal

July 3, 2018

The IACUC has transitioned to the Harvard Training Portal for all online animal-related training. Any AALAS Learning Library completions from the past 3 years will still be accepted. 

Animal training in the HTP must be assigned by the Principal Investigator or Designee. Please see the following guides for more information about accessing and assigning training: 

New Training Available: Controlled Substances in Research

August 2, 2018

EHS has just introduced a new online training on the use of DEA controlled substances in research. 

This course provides instructions for obtaining, securing, using, and disposing of controlled substances used in research, in accordance with the US Department of Justice, Drug Enforcement Administration, Controlled Substances Act (21 CFR 1300) and Massachusetts Department of Public Health (105 CMR 700).

This course is intended for Researchers, Veterinarians, Principal Investigators, Research Operations Managers, and others involved in the management and...

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New HMA IACUC Website

March 10, 2017

Welcome to the new website for the Office of the IACUC. Don't hesitate to contact us if you have questions or are having trouble finding something.

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